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Amidst Solar Eclipse's Test On Clean Power, One Smart Grid Solution Offers A Cautionary Tale
While utilities are ready for a solar power shortfall with next week's eclipse, the event highlights the increasing challenge of managing intermittent power sources. To do so, utilities must leverage smarter ways to get, use and pay for power. One way: time-based pricing. But, does it work?
Almost 2,000 utility-scale solar plants could experience a shortfall in power next week big enough to light up Los Angeles—all due to a solar eclipse set to sweep across the country on August 21. While power operators stand ready and are confident that the steep drop in solar power won’t impact service, the event highlights an increasing challenge for utilities: managing intermittent power sources.